Enrolling in a college is a fresh, new, pure, and exciting experience. But have you thought about how hard or stressful it might be? Traditional colleges usually have clubs, programs, community involvement, and other ways for a new student to meet new people, handle stress, get information, learn new things, relax, and build lasting friendships.
But an online college? CanScribe’s virtual communities are there to do the same thing traditional college communities do while you keep warm and learn in your own home, at your own pace, your own time, and your own schedule. You don’t have to go far for the same resources. They’re as close as a click of your fingertips. The only thing you have to do is use them.
If you’re feeling you don’t have the motivation to work on the course, having trouble pushing through the hard parts, feeling frustrated at going through the course with no other students to talk with, or even feeling stressed about time management (as many online students do at points), we have virtual communities and resources for that.
We often find our students needing these resources, but only some reach out and take advantage. Online learning can be many things, but you don’t have to do it alone. The benefits of virtual communities are many. You only have to make use of them.
Virtual communities can inspire, make you laugh, invigorate you, challenge you, and most importantly, support you when you need it most. What sets virtual communities apart is their ability to foster connection.
Unlike traditional colleges, if you need support, you can find it anytime in our virtual communities like our Facebook groups and student forum.
Here’s where you can find our virtual community support.
Our instructors are your best resource. MT/HDS instructors are available Monday through Friday, 6 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. PST, and our VA instructor is available Monday to Friday, 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. PST. Questions about your course, tests, and assignments, and for clarification on course content, they are your go-to people.
Admissions are available Monday to Friday, 7:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. PST. They are your first point of contact, and they can help you with any questions you have about our programs. They have answers about grants, scholarships, student loans, and specific course information, and they can give you advice on how to succeed in the program.
Often, you’ll be connected with our Admissions department when you call in, and if you have a question they can’t answer, they will happily send you over to the department that will! Our Admissions department is available through live chat, email, or phone call.
One of our best points of contact for support, our Student Services department is open Monday to Friday, 7 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. PST. If you have concerns about completing your course on time, looking for some tips for dealing with work/life balance, career services support, or just need a friendly voice to talk to, Student Services is where you’ll need to go. You can easily get in touch with Student Services through email or through phone calls.
If you happen to find a bug in our program somewhere, or you can’t access something properly, the IT department is who you need to get in contact with. You can call Admissions or Student Services, and they will be happy to transfer you over to someone who can walk you through the more technical problems. IT is available Monday to Friday, 6 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. PST.
If you don’t need technical help, this is the student community for you. All of our students get access to the student forum (and graduates get lifetime access), and it is a wealth of information and a hub for students, instructors, and all departments to come together to offer help and bring in additional resources for learning. You’ll find lots of useful information to build on what you’re learning in your course.
Our weekly webinars are another great virtual community opportunity you don’t want to miss. Our instructors host live webinars with a Q&A weekly, which is another great time to ask your instructor questions, interact with other students, and learn lots of great information!
If you miss a webinar, you don’t need to worry. They are posted up on our youtube channel. There are many past webinars up on our channel as well, so it’s a great learning resource!
This is your student support hub. Depending on what program you’re in, you’ll be given access to that course’s Facebook group. Here is where you’ll find other students asking questions, helping one another out, giving advice, and even tutoring other students who might be farther behind than they are. You might even find a virtual study buddy in this group, even make new friends, and it’s a great networking opportunity!
You have access to all these resources for life. If you need resume help, help to make new connections in the industry, or looking for a new job, you have access to our resources whenever you may need them. As a graduate, you also have access to many alumni resources.
Remember: online college can be tough, but it doesn’t have to be. Reach out to make sure you are taking advantage of the resources available to you and getting the most your of your program.
If this article on the virtual communities and resources available to you as an online student was useful, let us know in the comments below. If you’re planning on enrolling or are already enrolled, we hope you are feeling more confident about your studies.
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